The UFC has confirmed the main card for UFC on Fuel 6, currently scheduled for November 10 at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The main event, as expected, will be a middleweight bout between Rich Franklin and Cung Le, with a few other rumored fights also locked into place.
Franklin (29-6) and Le (8-2) have both worn promotional gold in the past and will enter the Octagon as excellent ambassadors of MMA for the UFC’s first event in China. “Ace” is looking to get another winning streak going in the middleweight division after beating Wanderlei Silva by way of Unanimous Decision at UFC 147 in June. Meanwhile, Le will be looking to do the same after his outpointing of Patrick Cote this past July.
Also set for the show, welterweights Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1) and Paulo Thiago (14-4) will scrap. Kim is looking to rebound after an injury-inspired loss to Demian Maia while Thiago is looking to bounce back after suffering a strike-based stoppage to Siyar Bahadurzada in Sweden.
A bout between Stanislav Nedkov (12-0) and Thiago Silva (14-3) was also set in stone. Silva is looking for his first win since returning to the Octagon after a year-long steroid suspension, fighting Alexander Gustafsson earlier this year but coming up short on the judges’ score cards. The undefeated Nedkov is looking for his second UFC win though he hasn’t fought in more than a year based on visa issues.
Last but not least, Tiequan Zhang (15-3) will be fighting promotional newcomer Jon Tuck (6-0) in hopes of notching a victory in front of his countrymen. The 28-year old Tuck will be making his debut, while Zhang will likely be fighting for his job. Zhang won his first fight in the Octagon but has since dropped two in a row. Tuck, fighting out of Guam, is a BJJ brown belt and even won the Open Light BJJ tournament in Abu Dahbi in 2010. It appears he has striking prowess as well given that half of his finishes have come as the result of a knockout.
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